How to Bake Edible Bread Frogs With Bread Mix
Make Wright's Premium Bread Dough your child's favorite new Play Dough! This is such a lot of fun and such an easy way to teach children about Baking Bread. Help them to create some edible dough creatures which can be baked and be ready to eat in an hour.
Instant Bread Mix Dough Is the New Play Dough!
- 1 pkt Wrights Premium Bread Mix
- 320 ml warm water
- white cake or bread flour, for dusting the work surface
- raisins, chocolate buttons, etc., for creating the eyes
- 1 apron (optional)
- a headband or chef hat (optional)
- a large mixing bowl
- 1 measuring jug
- A chair or stool—at the height of the child doing the baking. Cover with a sheet of plastic to help prevent mess.
- A plastic spatula or wooden spoon for mixing the dough. I generally use a Kenwood Mixer. This is not advisable when working with children as the dough needs very little handling to give great results. Mixing the dough by hand gives the child an opportunity to have a much more hands-on experience of baking.
- Open the bag of flour.
- Add the flour.
- Stir in the dry ingredients.
- Pour in the warm water.
- Stir in the warm water.
- Dust the work surface.
- Turn the dough out.
- Knead the dough.
- Sculpt Mr. Frog.
- Grease the baking sheet.
- Assemble Mr. Frog.
- Let Mr. Frog prove (or rise).
- Ready to bake! Bake in a hot oven for 15 minutes.
Step 1. Open the Bag of Flour
Encourage the child to open the bag of flour. Let him or her think that Christmas has come early!
Step 2. Add the Flour
Encourage the child to add the flour into the bowl by themselves. They should always be made to feel involved in every stage of creating Mr. Frog.
Step 3. Stir in the Dry Ingredients
Allow the child to stir the dry ingredients with a spoon or spatula. It will give them the chance to put their own stirring techniques into practice before you let them add the warm water. Explain to the child that the mix has a magic ingredient in it called yeast. Tell them that when the magic ingredient is mixed with warm water it will help Mr. Frog grow into a much bigger frog. Let him see how much bigger he grows when he has been left in a warm place to rise.
Step 4. Pour in the Warm Water
Let the child pour in the warm water by themselves. Be on hand to assist them if any help is required.
Step 5. Stir in the Warm Water
Help the child to stir in the warm water. It will be a fairly stiff mix and those little hands might need a little help!
The bread mix is now ready to be placed on a clean work surface.
Step 6. Dust the Work Surface
Let the child dust the work surface with cake or bread flour. It will afford them the opportunity to feel the wet and dry ingredients for themselves.
Step 7. Turn the Dough Out
Help the child to turn the dough out onto the floured work surface. It will give them the opportunity to feel the weight of the wet dough as opposed to that of the light dusting of flour which was put on the work surface.
Step 8. Knead the Dough
Let the child observe while you knead the dough for five minutes Then cut off a piece of dough for them play with while you assemble the pieces to make Mr. Frog.
Step 9. Sculpt Mr. Frog
- Enlist the help of the youngster to help roll all the little pieces required to make up Mr. Frog.
- The child should be made to feel involved in every step. Tell them that they are doing a good job—even if you have to go behind them to tidy up a little—but only when they are not looking, of course!
- Divide the mixture into ten pieces. This mix will make five frogs—two pieces per frog or you can make a mix of any characters of your choice.
- Shape one piece into a round bun.
- From a second piece, make two large back legs and two slightly smaller front legs. Cut two additional pieces for the eyes.
- Let the child help to roll them out lightly—then cut out the claws with a sharp knife for him or her, as shown in the images shown.
- Make the eyes from a triangular shape, a bit bigger at the front than the back. Let the child push a raisin into each eye socket.
- Cut a mouth: Don't forget this essential feature of his face. We did!
- You could use an orange peel instead of making a cut. A nice deep wide cut will do very well. If it is not cut deep or wide enough, it could disappear when the frog starts to grow in size when the dough begins to rise.
Step 10. Grease the Baking Sheet
Let the youngster help with all the aspects of the baking, including allowing them to grease the baking sheet! Explain to them why it is necessary for them to do this . . .
Step 11. Assemble Mr. Frog
Let the child help you to transfer Mr Fog from the work surface to the Baking Tray. Assemble him with the assistance of your helper and again, make the child feel that they are being involved in every step.
Step 12. Let Mr. Frog Prove! (Or Rise)
Cover with a damp tea cloth or pull a plastic bag over the whole baking tray. Let the Mr. Frog prove—until he has doubled in size, usually for about thirty to forty minutes - but you will be able to tell, just by looking at him whether he is ready to go into the oven!
Proving Mr. Frog should take about thirty to forty minutes. Here, a youngster waits patiently for his Frog to grow bigger. It is best to place the Frog under a damp tea towel. In the meantime, you can busy yourselves with some more "character building" exercises!
Step 13. Ready to Bake!
When Mr. Frog has doubled in size, put him into a hot oven for fifteen minutes or until golden brown. The frog should be brown on the bottom too and should sound hollow inside when tapped with your fingers.
Edible Bread Frogs: Wrights Premium Bread Mix
Other Shapes Colors and Designs!
Make little faces on a bun. You could make a Tortoise by adding a criss-cross design on an additional piece of dough. Place this on the top of the round body. Add two round feet on each side of the body - push them in close to the body and don't forget to give him some facial features as well.
You could add edible food coloring to the dough, to make a variety of things including Sea Shells or Starfish.
Some More Creative Ideas for You to Try
Try experimenting with a variety of different shapes:
- Ladybird (Ladybug)
Try adding vegetable coloring to make your characters come alive with some vibrant color.
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© 2013 Sally Gulbrandsen